In advance of the 2019 season, the Philadelphia Phillies and concessionaire Aramark are unveiling several Citizens Bank Park upgrades–with some major implications for food and beverage areas.That includes converting the 24,500 square feet of space adjacent to the Third Base Plaza into Pass and Stow, a new area that features an outdoor beer garden and bar, Foundry Pizza serving brick-oven pizza, a family-friendly sports pub, 44 TVs to catch game action, and more. In addition, the offseason upgrades also include a 120-seat Shake Shack.
“We are always striving to make the Phillies fan experience the best in baseball,” said David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President. “With this, we are excited to partner with Aramark to bring an outdoor beer garden to the ballpark, complete with an open-patio concept and backyard type feel. Pass and Stow’s sports pub and Shake Shack are also great additions for our fans. Not only will these social spaces feature a wide array of food options, but also fun design elements that tie into Phillies history and Philadelphia’s iconic Liberty Bell.”
Pass and Stow is a nod to the Liberty Bell, which has been part of the Phillies brand and logo for many years. The name is derived from the two Philadelphia foundry workers, John Pass and John Stow, who recast the original bell in 1753, and whose names are inscribed on this important piece of American history.
• Immediately upon entering the Third Base Gate, fans will experience the outdoor beer garden, bar with local craft and draft beers, and Foundry Pizza of Pass and Stow. The first of its kind at Citizens Bank Park, this open-air, food and drink destination will span 11,500 square feet, seat 250 fans, and have ample standing room. Additional features include fire pits, picnic tables, a 30′ x 50′ pergola adorned with lights, and a Phillies-etched water feature.
• Pass and Stow will also include a 7,000-square foot, family-friendly sports pub with seating for 150 fans. Other highlights: garage doors that open and a split-flap board (similar to Amtrak’s board at 30th Street Station) that shows game updates.
• Continuing with the Liberty Bell theme, the Phillies are bringing back the iconic 19-foot high Liberty Bell that was once located atop Veterans Stadium. The newly refurbished bell will be prominently displayed as fans approach the ballpark, providing yet another photo opportunity.
• For the first time, Shake Shack is bringing its sit-down restaurant experience to a sports venue, with seating for 120 fans. This popular modern-day “roadside” burger stand will now serve its classic burgers, crinkle-cut fries, hand-spun shakes and more at the ballpark. More than 6,000 square feet, Shake Shack will be adjacent to Pass and Stow.
“We’re continually working with the Philadelphia Phillies to deliver new and innovative ways to enhance the food experience for fans at Citizens Bank Park,” said Brent Hardin, Vice President, East Region, Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. “We’re confident these upgrades will further add to an already robust lineup of offerings and give fans even more to cheer about this season at Phillies games and other ballpark events.”
These new enhancements follow last year’s additions of The Yard, an interactive major league kids experience in right field, and Boardwalk Eats, a boardwalk-themed concession area in left field.
All of these new attractions will be ready for the home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, March 28. Pass and Stow will be open two hours before the start of each home game, and will remain open until post-game. Shake Shack will be open during normal home game hours.
Renderings courtesy Philadelphia Phillies.
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